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Qantas is rejigging its trans-Tasman timetable for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, following the decision by partner Emirates to pull the plug on all Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Auckland from March 25, 2018.
To fill the gap left by the 489-seat superjumbos, Qantas is adding extra Melbourne-Auckland and Brisbane-Auckland flights, while some flight on both routes will be upgraded from a Boeing 737 to the larger and more comfortable Airbus A330.
Qantas is also tweaking the timing of its Auckland flights across the board to make for better connections to its new Boeing 787 non-stop Perth-London service as well as the return of the Sydney-Singapore-London Airbus A380 flight.
It's a lot to get across, so here's the full set of changes from the now to the new:
We're still waiting for word on exactly when in March 2018 the new schedule starts – one would suspect it's the same March 25 date which seens Emirates scuppering the Australia-Auckland superjumbos – but these highlighted changes will make it easier for travellers to choose flights boasting the Airbus A330, with its superior business class, over the Boeing 737s.